Monday, October 14, 2013

Guest Post: Making Your Home a Haven 2

Hello... from "IT'S officially FALL in the Pocono's"  Yes, my dear friends, with the sweet cool fall air, a warm fire in the fireplace and leaves the color of fire, I am eating this up, and as well, I am enjoying my time with family! Well, I hope that this Fall Challenge from Courtney will encourage you this week to "Make your Home a Haven". - Rejoicing in the Present 
Also don't forget to stop by Woman Living Well to enter to win some AWESOME prizes.
You all are doing great!!!  Let’s keep the candles and prayers going this week and add in this challenge.
Week 2 Challenge: - Plan a Family Fun Night.   Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids and your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn.  Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones.  Work on gentleness this week.
J.R. Miller says “The richest heritage that parents can give is a happy childhood, withtender memories of father and mother. This will brighten the coming days when the children have gone out from the sheltering home, and will be a safeguard in times of temptation and a conscious help amid the stern realities of life.”

~An excerpt from the book titled Women Living Well~
In our home, I’m the family night coordinator.  If there’s going to be a game night, pizza night, movie night, or a social happening, it’s because I planned it.  I’m guessing I’m not alone in this.  Growing up, my mother did a great job of creating fun family memories.  They weren’t complex or over the top, but they happened!  They happened year in and year out, and now the memories of those fun moments give me security, comfort, joy and a bond with my family that will never be broken.
My children enjoy long evenings of playing Monopoly, watching re-runs of The Brady Bunch, lots of Chex mix, and enjoying lots of cuddles and back rubs, and even wrestling and nerf gun wars (my husband loves to flip couches and make forts).
A wise mother knows how to have fun and how to be tender. She knows the healing touch of her hands. Jesus used his hands to touch and heal many.There is power in the gentle expressions of love through warm embraces and cuddles.
Mark 10:16 says that Jesus “took them {the children} in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” 
Bless your family with tender, physical love.
~Page 178

4 Ways to Pursue Gentleness in Your Home

1. When you feel tempted to raise your voice, use a child’s name in a snarl, furrow your brow into a scowl or speak rapidly in anger…purposely lower your voice to just above a whisper.
Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Focus on gentle words, facial expressions, and touches.
2. Purpose to not let someone else’s anger make you angry.
Many times as a wife and mom, I find myself responding to other’s emotions. Someone in the family is grumpy and two minutes later I’m grumpy too. Someone in the family is speaking harshly and two minutes later I’m speaking harshly too. Purpose to stay in control of your emotions and not let the other members of your family dictate your mood.
3. Yelling at a bud won’t make it bloom.
Your home will not blossom into a haven, if you are not controlling your temper.
4. Continue to light your candle and pray for peace in your home.
Persevere in prayer for your family. James 5:16b says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
**Chime In: Share with us what you have planned for your family fun night. What is your favorite game to play as a family?
Walk with the King,

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